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By Country News

Grants are available for landholders to carry out works to improve and protect grey box grassy woodlands on their properties through the Linking Landscapes and Communities project.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Dr Jenny Wilson said the woodlands were an important part of the natural environment.

‘‘They provide habitat for a range of species including nationally threatened swift parrots, regent honeyeaters, turnip copperburr and small purple pea,’’ Dr Wilson said.

‘‘As part of this project we’re providing incentives to landholders to carry out actions such as revegetation, pest plant and animal control, and fencing to manage stock access.’’

Dr Wilson said similar activities carried out by landholders involved in previous projects showed that once on-ground works were completed, farmers noticed a range of environmental, social and economic benefits.

‘‘As well as creating a healthy landscape and attracting native birds and wildlife, improving habitat will increase the chances of many species’ ability to adapt to changes in climate,’’ she said.

‘‘These types of activities also increase productivity and the value of farms; what we call ‘nature at work’.

‘‘For example, the resulting increase in shade and shelter is great for protecting stock from extreme heat, cold or wind.’’

■More information, eligibility criteria and the Expression of Interest form are under the ‘Funding’ tab at: www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or phone Jenny Wilson on 5822 7700.

Applications close on Sunday, March 31.